October 13, 2003 Subject:
Just a fire.. keep walking.
Nice footage of a fire that happened in 1923. Rather curious though of a number of things.
a) This fire certainly looks calmutious, but it was rather interesting to see people just walking around calmly.
b) That furniture that was on the ground and people were taking it away. Were they looters? or good citizens?
c) Uh, where are the fire trucks?
More newsreel footage from the same fire documented in Berkeley, California Fire. This clip features some hyperbolic title cards ("BERKELEY BURNS!") and footage of people trying to salvage random possessions, including one thoroughly befuddled guy who doesn't know what to do with a mirror. Like the other film, this has mostly historical value.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: *. Weirdness: **. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: **.